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Who serves chicken "oysters" in Boston?

Tir_na_nOg Feb 8, 2009 05:57 AM

Does anyone serve a chicken "oyster" dish in the Boston area?

If you don't know what these little delicacies are: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_...

Thanks,
Kevin

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    newhound Feb 8, 2009 06:14 AM

    Have you ever heard of a place anywhere that serves a dish of chicken oysters? Oysters are one of the reasons whole roast chickens are a go-to dinner party for me-- roast four birds, get eight oysters.

    A chicken oyster dish woudl get me to a restaurant in mere seconds.

    I suppose they are like dishes based on cheeks...

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    1. re: newhound
      Tir_na_nOg Feb 8, 2009 07:08 AM

      I've never seen them on a menu, but apparently there are places that do serve them. The oysters and the kidneys are the best parts of the chicken!

      This article from 2006 mentions Dante:

      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi...

    2. yumyum Nov 10, 2011 11:20 AM

      Bumping a zombie thread because I'm obsessed with the notion of getting chicken oysters anywhere in addition to Catalyst.

      http://blogs.bostonmagazine.com/chowd...

      Has anyone had that dish, and have you seen these little nuggets of love elsewhere in town?

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      1. re: yumyum
        MC Slim JB Nov 10, 2011 11:34 AM

        I've had it; it was one of the few really dull dishes I had at Catalyst, which I otherwise liked quite a bit. Not really a ton of discernible chicken oysters in it, and overall a bland, underseasoned, unremarkable pasta dish.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          mkfisher Nov 10, 2011 12:34 PM

          We felt this way about the mushroom ravioli dish. I do agree that there weren't a ton of chicken oysters in the dish.

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            yumyum Nov 10, 2011 12:45 PM

            Given that there are two per bird, I wouldn't expect a lot of them. In fact, maybe it takes away from the specialness of the item itself by making it into a dish. Hmmm.... I need to go contemplate my navel. And/or contemplate the pasta....

            1. re: yumyum
              MC Slim JB Nov 10, 2011 03:17 PM

              The only pasta we loved was the corn ravioli (photographed in my Stuff review, and likely off the menu by now); the chicken-oyster garganelli and the dried-tomato etc. gnocchi were not so wonderful.

              Great little burger, I must say, with fine fries accompanied by three excellent dipping sauces. Also liked a chilled preserved-tomato soup and farm egg on brandade. Decent, craft-y cocktails at the bar. Dining room service was a bit of a mixed bag.

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

          2. re: MC Slim JB
            tatsu Nov 11, 2011 10:17 AM

            I also had that dish, I was disappointed in the chicken oysters too, they were muddled in the sauce and overcooked, starting to break down. The pasta itself was really nice I thought, a very firm bite, but thin. The pork bits floating around kind of overwhelmed everything for me.

            Chicken oysters are great lightly grilled. They can be appreciated on their own I feel.

          3. re: yumyum
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            mkfisher Nov 10, 2011 11:35 AM

            Had that dish on my first visit to Catalyst - it was excellent. Almost ordered it again last night, but the wife and I were in the mood for a burger instead.

            1. re: mkfisher
              yumyum Nov 10, 2011 12:13 PM

              Holy mixed reviews batman! I guess I'm just gonna have to see for myself. I've been meaning to find myself at that bar. Lose myself at that bar? Whatevs. I'll report back.

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